CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- A state and federal Disaster Recovery Center will open in Logan County to assist individuals, households and businesses that suffered damage from the recent flooding, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said Friday. The facility will begin to serve the public officially at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at:
Verdunville Volunteer Fire Department
Rte. 5, 2270 Mud Fork Road
Logan, WV 25601
The center is staffed with disaster-recovery specialists who can provide information and answer questions about flood-related assistance, according to FEMA. Operating hours after Saturday are 8:00 am to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
“Before stopping by at the disaster recovery centers, people seeking assistance are strongly urged to register with FEMA first,” said Charleston-based FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Deanne Criswell. “Having spoken with or otherwise having contacted state or local officials does not count. You must register with FEMA in order to apply for help.”
Registration is fast and easy, Criswell said. By phone, call the FEMA Hotline at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For those with speech or hearing disabilities, use the TTY number, 800-462-7585. Applicants can also register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or with any PDA device at m.fema.gov.
Information needed when registering with FEMA includes the address of the damaged property, names of those living in the household, a general description of the damage, the Social Security Account number of any family member living in the home, the extent of insurance coverage and certain other information needed to expedite the process.
Also on hand at the Disaster Recovery Centers are representatives from the Small Business Administration who can explain the low-interest loan packages available to individuals, private nonprofits and businesses of any size. These loans are for the repair or replacement of real estate and/or personal property damaged by the storms and related flooding, officials said. People who register with FEMA may be sent a loan application from the SBA. No one is obligated to take out a loan, according to the SBA.
FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation, medical, dental and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. But applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement and moving and storage expenses.
Centers already in operation are:
City Public Safety Office
500 Quincy Street
Duval Fire Company
5237 Straightfork Road
The DRC in Griffithsville will be closed on Saturday, March 24, for one day only and will reopen on Sunday at 8 a.m.
Cabwaylingo Presbyterian Church
1475 Left Fork Dunlow Bypass Road
Wayne County Health Department
217 Kenova Ave.
Wayne, WV 25570
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.